UNFPA Technical Adviser

Job Title: Technical Adviser - Gender, ICS 12 (L-5), Dakar, Senegal

Location: Africa

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

The Sub-Regional Office Technical Adviser post is located in the Dakar Sub-Regional Office of UNFPA and is under the overall supervision of the Head of the Sub-regional office.

The Technical Adviser works in an integrated manner with the technical and programme staff in the Sub-Regional Office.

Main Tasks and Responsibilties:

  • Contribute to the substantive elaboration of UNFPA Strategic Plan and to its implementation in the sub-region;

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for the delivery of technical assistance and programme support in the sub-region;

  • Provide technical and related programme leadership, management advice and strategic support and guidance to the sub-region, in Gender, in the context of the MDGs, and including for emergency preparedness, humanitarian assistance, recovery and transition in collaboration with technical and programme staff in the Regional Office and Sub-Regional Office;

  • Provide technical and related programme leadership, in the planning, management and co-ordination of technical assistance to the sub-region at key stages of UNFPA, UN, and national development planning exercises;

  • Identify and analyze trends, threats and risks in the thematic area of work that may affect the International Conference onPopulation and Development agenda and UNFPA’s work within the sub-region;

  • Scan the environment in the sub-region to identify tendencies in the area of expertise, and ensure that they are appropriately addressed at the regional and/or sub-regional levels;

  • Identify requirements for and contribute to the development of new or updated policies, positioning, frameworks, guidance, standards, instruments and tools;

  • Advise on the implementation of substantive UNFPA policies and strategies in the sub-region, and provide an effective integrated technical and programming approach;

  • Participate in the UNFPA technical network in the substantive area, maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work;

  • Analyze technical and other substantive reports from the sub-region and recommend required follow-up actions; contribute to review of Country Programme Documents;

  • Identify and provide analytical based advice, in Gender, on UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the changing development agenda, and participate in policy dialogue

  • Initiate, develop, strengthen and monitor substantive and intellectual sub-regional partnerships in Gender and related programme areas, including for South-South technical support to countries and for the implementation of the regional programme;

  • Develop and manage partnerships and collaborations with other UN agencies, in Gender, including in the context of the United Nations Development Goals, particularly with the regional technical arms of UN agencies covering the sub-region;

  • Support the regional adaptation of training materials, manuals and tools in Gender, ensure their availability and promote their use for capacity development;

  • Organize sub-regional or regional and inter-country training activities in Gender and related programme matters for capacity development;

  • Support the development of (sub) regional institutional capacities for delivering high-quality technical support in select areas of UNFPA’s mandate;

  • Coach and manage junior professional staff, associates, interns, direct expert consultants and facilitate working groups and task teams.

    Qualifications and Experience:

  • Post-graduate University Degree or equivalent (preferably Ph. D.) in social anthropology, law and women’s rights, sociology, gender, cultural studies, or other field directly related to the substantive area identified in the title of the post.

  • 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the substantive area, of which seven years at the international level;

  • Understanding of Human Rights dimensions of Gender, essential

  • Broad experience in gender programming, essential

  • Experience in culturally sensitive programming is essential

  • Experience in advising and supporting initiatives to eliminate GBV, essential

  • Gender budgeting understanding/experience an asset

  • Knowledge and experience of working on legal issues and Civil Society involvement in related security & protection, an asset

  • Knowledge and experience of working in areas related to harmful traditional practices, an asset

  • Demonstrated expertise in the substantive area of work; and programme experience;

  • Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in English and/or in the relevant language in the region

  • Demonstrated ability to network within the academic and development community;

  • Demonstrated expertise in policy dialogue is desirable

  • Familiarity with management and monitoring tools is desirable;

  • Familiarity with ICT/ERP is an asset;

  • Field experience is strongly desirable.

  • Fluency in English and French is required, Portuguese is an asset.

    UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life.

    We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

    Compensation and Benefits:

  • This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.

  • The package includes a competitive net salary starting plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

    Application Deadline: 18th June

    For more information and application, visit: UNFPA Technical Adviser Website

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